Top-seeded Barry University Men’s Tennis Team roared to victory over second-seed Columbus State in the conclusion of the the 2019 NCAA Division 2 championships this past weekend as the best programs in the country squared off for national title glory. After trailing 3-0, Barry University staged an incredible comeback and secured the match 4-3. The Buccaneers win their fourth national championship in men's tennis (2010, 2013, 2015, 2019), tying women's tennis for the most in the program.
On the women's side, top-seeded Barry University faced third-seeded Lynn University and it was a college double as Barry won the match 4-2. The win propels the Bucs to their third straight women's tennis championship and fifth overall. Barry won the doubles point by winning at No. 2 and in a tie-breaker at No. 3, then clinched it by winning No. 5, No. 3 and No. 2 singles. A huge congratulations to Barry University and their men's and women's programs!
In the Division 1 individual men’s championships, Paul Jubb from the University of South Carolina defeated Nuno Borges of Mississippi State 6-3, 7-6, and in doing so, made history as the schools first national champion in this event. Having previously lost twice to Borges during the season Jubb was overcome with emotion after the final point falling to his knees in celebration. “I just was so relentless with my feet, that was the main goal today,” Jubb told The Tennis Channel moments after his victory. “My tempo was so high and I was just trying to keep it up through the whole match.”
On the women's side, fans were treated to a title contest between the two highest-ranked players in the country as top-seed Estela Perez-Somarriba from the University of Miami battled Katarina Jokic who was representing the University of Georgia. After three sets and seven match points it was Perez-Somarriba that came out victorious with by a score of 6-7, 6-2, 6-3. "It's amazing. Dreams come true," Perez-Somarriba said. "I am just really happy that I got to be here and that I was able to experience all of this. I am just really grateful to the University of Miami; the coaches, teammates and the staff, for making this possible and for helping me every single day."
Congratulations to everyone competing in the tournament this year and for providing the highest quality of tennis for everyone to enjoy. To see the full recaps on the brackets and all other stories tied to the tournaments, visit the NCAA's website by clicking here.